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Handgun suggestions for a small, older woman. ???

This is a discussion on Handgun suggestions for a small, older woman. ??? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by CZRex now that's some funny crap right there! I wonder if he's got anyone in particular in mind????? Seriously though, how small ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CZRex View Post
    now that's some funny crap right there! I wonder if he's got anyone in particular in mind?????

    Seriously though, how small and how old? My wife is a 5'1", 105 lb, 54 yr old blue eyed babe and she had an LCR 357 (loaded with .38s) that she had no problem with. The trigger pull on the LCR is probably the lightest trigger pull you're gonna find on a revolver. They also make an LCR .22 that holds 8 or 9, but.....it's only a .22. Yes, a .22 has killed plenty of folks. Based on my and my wife's experience and opinion, I'd suggest the LCR.
    If the choice is a revolver, based on trigger pull ( and personal experience) I'd say this is 100% good advice. But the .38, not the .357.


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    I think you gave too little info about things like your wife's stature, age, health, strength,
    agility, willingness to practice, prior experience with semi-auto or revolver.

    With almost no info to go on yet getting the point that you want an easy to use
    small and light weapon, here comes a suggestion for which I will be severely
    criticized; and it is pricey for what it is. But here goes--Model 351PD .22 Magnum.
    Let the flames begin.
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    you mentioned home defense. I think a revolver is a great option but if it's not going to be carried, then I'd suggest something a little bigger than a snub. a little more weight and a little longer barrel. like a S&W model 67 or longer barreled Ruger SP101.

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    If this is a home defense weapon, why all the pocket pistol suggestions? Small lady shouldn't equal small gun. Assuming it won't be carried, I would argue exactly the opposite; the smaller the person, the larger the gun should be to soak up recoil more effectively (not to mention greater capacity) Larger guns will also have easier to operate slides than their smaller counterparts. If concealment is not an issue, why would you choose a small .380 over a big 9mm? Something like a Sig p226 or even as large as a glock 34 will be absolutely tame in 9mm, and I know from first hand experience that a 50+ year old woman weighing less than 90lbs can rack the slide on both of those weapons
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    Great points brought up across the discussion. Please let the forum know what you decide to purchase and how she likes it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbroadway View Post
    I'm not sure a revolver would be the best option for her. But I'm trying to get some suggestions on what might be a good, small handgun for her to use in case I'm not home and something happens and she needs to defend herself.

    Give me your best suggestions on something suitable for a small, older woman.

    Thanks.
    My suggestion is not a handgun. However it appears she needs something for home defense in your absence. Did you ever consider a shotgun.

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    My wife is a little 70 year old lady with weak hands. She loves her P238. She couldn't pull the trigger on her snubby and keep the gun pointed near the target.

    She shoots the P238 remarkably well well, has no problem with the manual of arms. Can load, unload, and clear it with the safety on, clear jams and stove pipes just fine. I loaded up some light loads that will jam or stove pipe to give her practice after doing it with dummy rounds. The P238 is probably the best little old lady gun on the planet.

    Take her to a store, have her handle the P238. My wife wouldn't let go of the gun.

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    I've gotta say a small gun for a relatively weak person is just not a good idea. A small gun is gonna have a lot of felt recoil. Can you say "dropped gun"? I'd suggest a full size gun for home use. The added weight is a plus in this case. Now I'm not saying go out and buy the biggest or heaviest gun you can find. But you can find a happy medium.

    Oh yeah, let Momma pick it out. You will be wrong no matter which one you choose! Take her to the gun shop and let her browse!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyGhost View Post
    I've gotta say a small gun for a relatively weak person is just not a good idea. A small gun is gonna have a lot of felt recoil. Can you say "dropped gun"? I'd suggest a full size gun for home use. The added weight is a plus in this case. Now I'm not saying go out and buy the biggest or heaviest gun you can find. But you can find a happy medium.

    Oh yeah, let Momma pick it out. You will be wrong no matter which one you choose! Take her to the gun shop and let her browse!
    I'd venture to say you've never shot a P238.

    My wife picked that gun. She doens't want anything to do with my Glock 19. That said, her home defense gun is a 6" S&W 686 eqipped with a CT grip. She thinks our 4" GP100 is okay, but she likes the 6" 686 the best of all of them. She's never fired a full up .357 Magnum load in either gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnaylo3 View Post
    If this is a home defense weapon, why all the pocket pistol suggestions? Small lady shouldn't equal small gun. Assuming it won't be carried, I would argue exactly the opposite; the smaller the person, the larger the gun should be to soak up recoil more effectively (not to mention greater capacity) Larger guns will also have easier to operate slides than their smaller counterparts. If concealment is not an issue, why would you choose a small .380 over a big 9mm? Something like a Sig p226 or even as large as a glock 34 will be absolutely tame in 9mm, and I know from first hand experience that a 50+ year old woman weighing less than 90lbs can rack the slide on both of those weapons
    Very well said!

    Within reason, the bigger the better, except for carry. My wife's HD guns are a 4" .357 Mag loaded with .38's, and a full-sized M&P 9. Manages the recoil from either with no problem. Ease of racking the slide was one of the drivers for getting the M&P. I've got several .380's, but none are as easy to rack as the full-size M&P 9.

    She favors a .38 snub when carrying around the 'farm', but she won't shoot it much.

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    [QUOTE=GreyGhost;2284462]I've gotta say a small gun for a relatively weak person is just not a good idea. A small gun is gonna have a lot of felt recoil. Can you say "dropped gun"? '

    That's why I suggested the .22 Magnum revolver. You get simplicity, light weight without recoil issues, 7 or 8 shots (can't recall),
    SA option by thumbing the hammer. Yes, it is sub-optimal for defense, but still far better than nothing, or something she can't
    handle or won't practice with. The PMR 30 someone suggested might work if she can handle the slide.

    On a full size semi-auto, you get very little felt recoil from a G17, but then the slide and weight might be issues for her.
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    Hopyard, its 7 rounds and i also suggested the 351pd back post #5
    no one picked up on it than either.

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    I can only comment on the two I own (not the hubby's...mine). I have a Ruger SP101 revolver and a Ruger LCP (raspberry/black colored). With the revolver there is not problem with the slide but a draw back for me is the weight. After borrowing the hubby's LCP for a shopping trip...I was in love. He got me the raspberry LCP for Valentine Day (that guy knows how to buy a present). I worked with the slide and it is not difficult for me. I have a old injury that makes my index finger on the left hand not functional for many things, so that was a consideration.

    I would say the best thing would be to find a range where she can fire and inspect the weapons you think might be suitable. You really can't be fully satisfied by buying a "pig in a poke" and with the expense of good weapons hands on is the only way to go. Since it is for her....her hands on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by claude clay View Post
    Hopyard, its 7 rounds and i also suggested the 351pd back post #5
    no one picked up on it than either.

    ~we think its a good idea
    Sorry, didn't mean to steal your idea. Yes, we both think its a good idea. Probably no one else on the board would agree with
    us.
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